Uganda: Panyadoli Healthcare Project
Panyadoli Health Center Q2 2014 Report
October 29, 2014
Naku Charles Lwanga and Jonathan White
Summary of Activities
RMF provided the Panyadoli Health Center with medicines and medical supplies, and covered all existing gaps during this reporting period, including an increase in the quantity needed due to the new influx of South Sudanese refugees.
Quarterly Medical Supply
Keeps Health Centre Running
Provision of quarterly medical supply that has kept Panyadoli Health Centre III running effectively especially during the current significant influx of South Sudanese refugees
Help Keep Compound Clean
As a result of paying salaries to the ward and compound cleaners, the sanitation and hygiene of the health center has been kept in top condition.
The Panyadoli Health Centres, located in Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement near Bweyale, Uganda, provide healthcare services to over 100,000 refugees from Kenya, South Sudan, DR Congo, Burundi, and Rwanda, as well as members of the host community.
- Provide medicine, medical supplies, and medical support
- Support the Health Management Information System Maintenance (staff and petrol supply)
- Maintain hygiene at clinic to Best Practice Western Medicine standards
- Enhance existing structures for Malnutrition ward and main center
- Provide cooking materials such as charcoal stoves, saucepans, utensils, etc.
- Upkeep and renovation of the health center through periodic re-painting and re-plastering.
Brenda Odudu, four years old, was brought to the health center by her mother reporting symptoms of nausea and vomiting. The lab tests showed that she was suffering from severe malaria and a respiratory tract infection. Her treatment was based on IM Artemether 40 mg, IV Xpen, Paracetamol ½ tds x 3, and she was discharged in good health after three days of treatment.
Her mother narrated to RMF staff how the Panyadoli Health Centre has helped all of her children since the war pushed her family out of South Sudan in December 2013. She said every month at least one or two of her children are admitted in the health center, and the end result has always been successful treatment. She prays that the war in her country quickly comes to an end and enables the quick rebuilding of the South Sudan. She is still very worried as her husband is a soldier, she is not sure if he is still alive. She shares her worries with the nurses she meets at the health centre whenever she goes for treatment of her children. She always feels very relieved when she is able to share these worries with someone. She says, she benefits twice whenever she is at the health centre, with the care and attention of her children, and nurses listening to her. As they say, a problem shared is half solved.
Danella Aggie Norwoth
Danella Aggie Norwoth is a two year old Ugandan IDP and came to the health center with symptoms of malaria. Her lab results showed that she had malaria falciparum. Her treatment was on IM Artemether 40mg od x 3 doses, Paracetamol ½ tds x 3 doses, Cotrimoxazole ½ bd x 5 doses. Her father narrates:
“Although I am close to Kiryandongo Hospital, I prefer to treat the sicknesses of my family members at the Panyadoli Health Center due to the quality of the services and available medicine. Secondly, Panyadoli nurses are friendly and always available and they concentrate on the treatment of the patients and that is why my child Danella is better now. I therefore thank the efforts of all the organizations which have made this facility to be the real cure point for both nationals and refugees.”
Erick Opio is two years old and a Ugandan IDP. He was admitted suffering from both severe malaria and severe acute malnutrition and was admitted immediately to the Therapeutic Feeding Center for treatment. He was put on the following medication: IM Artemether 40mg od x 3 doses, capsule Amoxil ½ tds x 5 days, Paracetamol ½ tds x 3 doses, Zinc 10mg od x 10 days in order to reduce loose stool that he had.
His mother narrates: “The attack of severe malnutrition to my son is a result of poor feeding brought by insufficient food in my family. This is a general problem in the whole community where I am living. Our men are taken up by the local alcohol and they leave all the garden issues to women alone and this makes us produce little food which is not enough to cater for the family with many children like for my case whereby I have six children. We sell part of the food for school fees as a demand for every child who is schooling and this makes it a hard life for us. I beg the government of Uganda to put bylaws that stops irresponsible taking of alcohol in our community. Without Panyadoli Health Center, malnutrition could have claimed very many lives of children in our community. Thanks to the supporters of this facility which is the only one in the whole Kiryandongo District health facilities that has a TFC unit.”